Life, indeed, is full of sorrows and sufferings, but it is also the best environment for enlightenment and liberation, as a saying goes: “Suffering is a ladder for the talented, a treasure for the wise. skillful and an abyss for the weak.”
Enlightenment liberated It is not about attaining an ideal horizon of security in permanence, bliss, self, and purity, but rather realizing the nature of life as impermanent, suffering, not-self, and impure so that there is no room for self. clinging to hold on. When there is no place to hold on, then you let go of the antagonistic self to fully accept the imperfect nature of life without hindrance, which is true patience.
Thanks to that, all afflictions will really end so that you can be leisurely in bondage, free in the midst of suffering with a peaceful, fearless smile. Life, indeed, is full of sorrows and sufferings, but it is also the best environment for enlightenment and liberation, as a saying goes: “Suffering is a ladder for the talented, a treasure for the wise. skillful and an abyss for the weak.”
And it’s smart, accurate to say:
Man is an apprentice,
But the teacher is a pain and sorrow,
No one knows themselves,
If you have never experienced pain in many ways.
Suffering is the most wonderful bitter medicine that can eliminate wrong view and craving. If wrong views and craving do not lead to suffering, you will never see that these are wrong attitudes. So life is an endless school of enlightenment. And the greatest teachers are the sufferings that you encounter throughout your life. These dedicated teachers, constantly show you the mistakes in life, behavior… so you can know how to correct your own perception and behavior; help you develop essential virtues such as patience, love, sympathy, sharing, etc..
Open your heart, overcome the constraints of circumstances
In other words, life is the mirror that most honestly reflects your appearance in all situations for you to see yourself. Therefore, the most accurate lesson of enlightenment is not some well-known fixed method for you to follow for the rest of your life, but rather the inner attitude of patience, compassion, calmness, and clarity that enables you to attain enlightenment. unobstructed in the midst of life’s constant changes in its impermanent, suffering, and non-self nature.
For example, when someone insults you, it is the teacher who is showing you directly what is the most accurate course of your reaction at that moment: calm or angry, gentle or aggressive… Yet you don’t have the patience to learn and realize the truth right there in its real state.
You let it go, hidden in the depths of your unconscious, and then struggled to find a magic wand from a famous guru, or a meditation method of a famous Zen master, believing that in the future you will achieve it. to meditation, wisdom, supernatural powers, Ultimate Bliss or Nirvana. But if you don’t come back to see (ehipasiko) right on the actual fact (opanayiko), how can you discern for yourself (paccattaṃ veditabbo) the reality right here (sandiṭṭhiko) and now (akāliko). If you keep waiting for a savior or try to strive for tomorrow, you will never see reality, without seeing reality, the so-called meditation, wisdom, Ultimate Bliss, Nirvana forever forever just a dream.
To be able to see the true nature of the here and now, there is no other way but to be patient with what is difficult to bear. If you complain, your patience immediately wears off, leaving you with a much more unpleasant psychological pain.
And if you reluctantly accept the reality of suffering, it’s like giving in to fate weakly, when there’s no way to resist, that’s not patience. Acceptance and denial are two sides of the same personality, seemingly contradictory, but in fact, they only stem from the same attitude of the ego wanting to change direction.